Tag: fish

Marine Protected Areas: Smoke and mirrors?

We’ve probably heard about Marine Protected Areas (MPA), areas where marine life is legally but not physically protected. What people mean by MPA’s can vary, it can be a nursery ground to allow fish to spawn, it can be a no take zone where… Continue Reading “Marine Protected Areas: Smoke and mirrors?”

Gazing at Gannets

This spring around 150,000 Northern Gannets return to the Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth, the island which is responsible for their scientific name Morus bassanus. Whilst most of us feel we “know” about gannets often we don’t appreciate quite how impressive they… Continue Reading “Gazing at Gannets”

Shooting seals on the seashore

It is currently rather miserable weather and not the time that many humans will take to the beach. Happily this coincides with the grey seal “pupping” season where they haul out onto beaches and give birth to fuzzy little 14 kilogram pups. Most seal… Continue Reading “Shooting seals on the seashore”

Return of the Lamprey

An endangered species of fish known as the lamprey has returned to UK rivers for the first time since the 1800’s. ( although a dead lamprey was found in the Thames in  2009.) What does this mean for wildlife in the UK though? Well it… Continue Reading “Return of the Lamprey”

Tipping the scales

Anyone who watched Autumnwatch last night will have seen the piece whereby researchers were able to derive a vast array of information about a fish from only one scale. It seemed like a ludicrous amount of information but scale reading is quite common although… Continue Reading “Tipping the scales”

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